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The postcard simply said, “Your blood has been used to save lives. Thank you.” That is the essence of what the Red Cross does with its blood collection services — save lives. Fike High School has an amazing tradition of saving lives one unit of collected blood at a time.
What began some years ago as a routine blood drive involving a few donors and the health science classes at Fike High School has grown into a mega-event with hundreds of donors. The original impetus behind the drive was Agnes Moore, a force in and of herself, whose vigor and vision propelled the drive from its humble origins into the massive effort it is today where more than 500 units of whole blood were collected in 2018. Subsequent health science teachers, Kim Schmidt and the present teachers, Jessica Dumong and Christina Lucas, have continued to build and improve the organization, allowing Fike to host the largest single-day high school level drive in the country.
While the health science teachers are vital, it is the students at Fike High School who are the cogs in the machine that allow the smooth collection of blood and the movement of the donors in order to minimize impediments and maximize the efficiency of the whole operation. Students that get to school at 5 a.m. and often do not leave till after 7 p.m.! High school students who get to school a full two and a half hours earlier than normal for the sole purpose of saving lives and contributing to an amazing one-day event unequaled anywhere. And, at some point during their long and arduous day, many of these same volunteers will make their own donation.
Please come out any time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 to donate or just observe the selfless efforts of our young people whose devotion to saving lives is so inspiring. You may also go to www.redcross.com and book an appointment. If you are unable to donate, please recruit donors to come out to support this lifesaving event.
The writer is a Spanish instructor at Fike High School.